Yesterday, keeping up with other people’s 10x10s, I ended up reading Andrea’s (from Seasons and Salt) weekly roundup. She mentioned that she was loving Everlane’s Modern Penny Loafer in oxblood. I clicked the link and saw it…and had immediate flashbacks to being at the Red, White and Blue thrift store with my mom as a kid and seeing a zillion pairs of Etienne Aigner loafers (which seemed old-ladyish at the time, but are now in style) that were very similar…but with the rounder toe that Andrea mentioned.
She, and many other bloggers, like Everlane because they make clothing ethically. Which is good. But in my opinion, it is always more ethical and more environmentally friendly to buy used. Why? Even if a company is ethical and environmentally friendly, they are still producing things that we probably don’t need, based on the amount that Americans, and even thrift stores, throw away.
It takes more environmental resources to grow, harvest, transport, and assemble new good rather than perfectly good used ones, which are getting trashed.
Additionally, it’s unclear what standards of production are being used to create and harvest the fiber or hide for Everlane goods. On their website, they only mention production standards in factories. What about the growers of the cotton, the animals used for leather, and the harvest of silk? I emailed Everlane to ask if they have any production standards regarding these components, and will update this post if they reply.
If you would like to use something that’s already made, instead of buying new, here are some extremely similar used secondhand goods:
First off, a list of Etienne Aigner ones in the same oxblood/burgundy color family, likeEverlane ones, but with rounded toes, as Andrea wished for:
Note: This post contains affiliate because I really enjoy scanning ebay and helping people find secondhand deals, promoting reuse of fashion and sharing my knowledge, it also took a while and was work to find all of these and create the post, so it’s nice when I can get a little renumeration for my work.